It's finally here. The pre-access preview to Skype's on-the-fly universal translator is finally here. Skype is one of the most popular voice over IP phone services in the world and Skype Translator could connect people who speak different languages.
How does it work? This Skype's infographic explains it perfectly.
Skype's translation feature isn't perfect as it is and the infographic acknowledges that. From what it looks like, the neatest feature behind Skype's translation technology is the fact that it's built to learn.
I took a quick look at Skype Translator and the preview version is definitely not without its faults. As it stands, the software only translates every word if you speak slowly. Speaking quickly means that Skype Translator will miss a word or two.
Those aren't Skype Translator's only issues either. Translation tools have always never worked quite right, and Skype's on-the-fly translation definitely isn't perfect.
It's learning, though, and that's exciting. Maybe we're not as far away from universal translation as we think?
If you have a friend who speaks another language then why not test out Skype Translator? The early-access preview build is publicly available and you can find it right here.
For instructions on installing and running Skype Translator, you'll want to check out my how-to guide for installing and using Skype.